Feb 16, 2013 6:00am EST
begins right now. live from the nasdaq market site in new york city's times square, i'm melissa lee. these are the traders putting a smile on the faces of some traders out there. the big story of the day is walmart. shares of the world's largest retailer falling 3% on reports of an internal walmart document described february sales as a total disaster. the initial report said a mid-level executive who described february as the worst start to the month in seven years. the big question now is this a walmart story or perhaps a bigger warning to the world. let's get in the money to find out. dan, you are the desk bear. what do you think? >> interesting you call him a mid level executive. i would say former executive at this point. that e-mail, headline hit the market by surprise. the s&p traded in a tight range for the last six days. it's been in 60 basis point range. when you see a company like walmart sell off as quickly as it did and take the market with it, to me that could be a precursor for the action we see. in the e-mail or in the news report they are citing the payroll tax. it'
Feb 15, 2013 11:00pm EST
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